The Year in Review

Alberta Story of the Year

Shane: Alberta government tables legislation that would allow voters to recall elected MLAs plus citizen initiative act (211)

Patrick: 219 - Kenney says UCP needs to be ‘on the same team’ after vote to oust dissenters

BC Story of the Year

Shane: Vancouver and First Nations expected to announce committee to explore possible 2030 Olympic bid (248)

Patrick: 245 - B.C. floods put spotlight on Canada’s infrastructures. Improve them now, experts say

Worst Covered Story by the MSM

Shane: Liberals take House Speaker to court to block release of unredacted records (225)

Patrick: 226 - Chinese agents active in Canada, Commons committee hears

Most Important Story

Shane: Maryam Monsef called the Taliban ‘brothers.’ Here’s what you need to know (233)

Patrick: 222 - Remains of 215 Indigenous children found buried at former Kamloops residential school

Firing Line Story of the Year

Shane: Trudeau spends 1st Truth and Reconciliation Day in Tofino on vacation, contradicting itinerary (238)

Patrick: 236 - Chinese PLA general collaborated with fired scientist at Canada’s top infectious disease lab

Local Story of the Year

Shane: Alberta NDP-connected group sought to influence Edmonton’s municipal election by limiting number of progressive candidates (235)

Patrick: 214 - ‘War in the woods’: activists blockade Vancouver Island in bid to save ancient trees

Story We Didn’t Get to Cover

Shane: More than 1,500 people have now died in 2021 due to B.C.'s toxic drug supply: coroner (244)

Patrick: 215 - First Nations proposing new energy corridor in Western Canada

Fake News Story of the Year

Shane: Canada’s vaccine shortage: Covid-19 cases per capita pass U.S. rate as doctors plead for more vaccines (215) + botched vaccine rollout

Patrick: 237 - Trudeau Wins, but Is Diminished by a Futile Election

Worst Government Expense of the Year

Shane: Trudeau Wins, but Is Diminished by a Futile Election (237)

Patrick: 212 - Delays plague 'inconsistent and incomplete' $188B infrastructure program: auditor general

Funniest Story

Shane: QAnon’s ‘Queen of Canada’ Calls for Followers to ‘Kill’ People Vaccinating Children (246)

Patrick: 247 - CBC's 18 words you can't say is the dumbest thing I've ever heard

Newsmaker of the Year

Shane: Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor

Patrick: BC’s Disasters (Heat Dome, Wildfires, Floods)

Word of the Year

Shane: Dither (248)

Patrick: 216 - Debtonation - “A term coined by economist Ann Pettifor, essentially referring to the slow buildup of a nation’s debt eventually leading to a ‘detonation’ of economic depression.”

Favourite Western Context Episode

Shane: 211 – Essential Questions

Patrick: 247 – The Context of Words

Favourite Western Context Show Title

Shane: Setting the Table (215)

Patrick: 214 – Choose Your Own Democracy

Picture of the Year

Shane: I trust the Science vs. You Trust the Television (221)

Patrick: 228 - Political Parties as Muppets

How to Find Us

Show Data

Episode Title: 2021 In Context

Teaser: We look at 2021’s news stories, including BC’s disasters, Alberta’s democracy, and Trudeau’s inflated spending. We also look at September’s federal election, our words of the year, as well as the ongoing trials of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recorded Date: December 21, 2021

Release Date: December 26, 2021

Duration: 1:18:19

Edit Notes: BC transition and mic knock

Podcast Summary Notes



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